Grandparents' Day

Generations came together at St. Thomas Catholic Grade School as students welcomed their grandparents Friday for Grandparents’ Day. The day started with a Mass prepared by the kindergarten and first-grade students. Everyone then enjoyed coffee, doughnuts and milk together before students provided a program.

Superintendent: Unity Junior High School safe despite student fight

Superintendent Andy Larson wants to assure Unity Junior High School students’ parents that their children are safe at the school.
There was an altercation involving two students as they were getting off of the bus last Wednesday morning at the school.
“It got physical, and some words were exchanged,” Larson said.

Read the full story in the April 14 issue of The County Star.

Program helps failing students

Unity Junior High School Principal Laura Fitzgerald recently told the school board about a program that addresses students with failing grades.
“We see a lot of great progress,” counselor Stephanie Grussing said.
At the end of the first semester, about 15 percent of junior high students were failing one or more classes.

Three chosen for Hall of Fame

Three graduates of Unity High School have been selected as the 13th class of inductees to the Unity High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
The 13th class will include a police officer, a scientist and a music composer. School staff and the National Honor Society will honor the inductees at a banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14.

Unit 7 signs off on Okaw merger

Unit 7 officials on Wednesday gave their blessing to the proposed merger of the Okaw Valley Conference and the Corn Belt Conference.
The school board voted unanimously to approve joining the new athletic conference starting in the 2017-18 school year.
“I’m excited,” Superintendent Andrew Larson said.

Read the full story in the March 24 issue of The County Star.

Schools can help hungry Illinois students with free breakfast program

In Illinois, 20.8 percent of all children don’t know where they will get their next meal. Children who go without breakfast spend the day hungry and struggle in school, socially and academically.

EIU offers free summer journalism workshop for high school students

High school students can learn journalism hands-on from award-winning reporters, editors and photographers at the Illinois Press Foundation workshop taking place at Eastern Illinois University June 22 through July 1.

Unity concert

The Unity High School Band and Choir Concert was held on March 3 in the Polly Anderson Auditorium.

Unity High School pep band picked to play at state finals again

For the third straight year, the Unity Rocket Pep Band, under the direction of Bill Jean, has been selected as one of the official 2016 IHSA State Final Pep Bands.
The Unity band will perform during the Class 3A/4A boys’ semifinals on Saturday, March 18, at the Peoria Civic Center Carver Arena. They will play at noon and again at 6:30 p.m.

Unity set to join new conference

If all goes to plan, Unity High School will be part of a new conference beginning in the 2017-18 school year.
UHS Principal Phil Morrison outlined the process for the Unit 7 school board at its meeting last Tuesday.

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